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  Labor Situation - State of Connecticut Last Updated: April 20, 2015
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Jobs rebound in March (4,000); unemployment rate remains at 6.4%
WETHERSFIELD, April 20, 2015 - Preliminary estimates of Connecticut nonfarm payrolls by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS establishment survey) indicate Connecticut gained 4,000 nonfarm jobs (0.24%) in March 2015, seasonally adjusted. Connecticut has now added 27,100 jobs over the year (1.63%, 2,258 jobs per month). February’s original estimate of a -3,700 (-0.22%) decline was revised up 800 to a -2,900 job loss (-0.17%). Seasonally adjusted year-to-date employment growth in the first quarter of 2015 was estimated at 8,600, compared to 6,600 jobs over the same period in 2014.

Connecticut’s unemployment rate was calculated at 6.4% in March 2015, seasonally adjusted, unchanged from the February figure, according to in-state responses collected and modeled from the Current Population Survey. Since March 2014, the jobless rate is down by five-tenths of a percentage point in the state. The number of unemployed residents in the state has declined by 7,599 (-5.9%) to 121,896 over the year. The state’s labor force grew last month by 6,129 for its largest increase so far in 2015.

“As we entered spring, job growth at this point in the recovery seems to be coming from a broader base of the state’s industries,” said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. “Eight of ten major industry supersectors added jobs in March and over the year. We continue to see increased labor force participation as the economy improves.”

Nonfarm Jobs: March preliminary nonfarm estimates show Connecticut added 4,000 (0.24%) jobs - seasonally adjusted. Eight of the ten major industry supersectors exhibited increases in employment, while just two declined. The statewide annualized job gains through March 2015 now total 27,100 (1.63%).

Recession Recovery: Connecticut has now recovered 92,700 positions, or 77.9% of the 119,000 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs that were lost in the state during the March 2008 - February 2010 employment recession. Connecticut’s jobs recovery is now 61 months old and is averaging 1,520 jobs per month since February 2010. The private sector has recovered employment at an improved pace and has now restored 99,200 (88.9%) of the 111,600 private sector jobs that were lost during the recession (a pace of 1,626 per month). The state needs to reach the 1,713,000 level to move into an employment expansion. This will require an additional 26,300 nonfarm jobs. A total of just 12,400 additional private sector positions are needed to have a fully-restored private sector. The government supersector has continued to lose jobs (net -6,500) throughout the nonfarm employment recovery period.

Labor Market Areas (LMAs): It should be noted that due to town composition changes of greater than 4% in two of the six BLS-recognized LMAs that went into effect at the beginning of this year, the Danbury and Waterbury LMAs are no longer seasonally adjusted by BLS. The March 2015 preliminary nonfarm job figures specify that three of the four major Connecticut Labor Market Areas that are officially seasonally adjusted posted job gains. The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA (400, 0.1%), New Haven LMA (300, 0.1%) and the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA (200, 0.1%) exhibited small monthly seasonally adjusted job gains, while the Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA (-800, -0.6%) again was lower in employment in March. Since March 2014, five of the six major Connecticut BLS-recognized LMAs are posting healthy job gains, as are the three smaller state-estimated LMAs, with just the Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA (-1,100, -0.9%, seasonally adjusted) lower now over-the-year. Note: The six major Connecticut LMAs are estimated and seasonally adjusted independently (only the largest four LMAs are officially seasonally adjusted) from the statewide numbers by the BLS and cover over 90% of the nonfarm employment in the state; they will not fully sum to the statewide total.

Hours and Earnings:The private sector workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 33.6 hours in March 2015, unchanged from a year ago.  Average hourly earnings at $29.06, not seasonally adjusted, were up 91 cents, or 3.2%, from the March 2014 estimate.  The resulting average private sector weekly pay was estimated at $976.42, up $30.58, or 3.2% higher over the year.  The year-to-year change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U, U.S. City Average, not seasonally adjusted) in March 2015 was -0.1% (deflating).  Information for the manufacturing production workweek and earnings can be found in the table section of this release under the “Hours and Earnings” data category.  Current all-employee private sector hours and earnings estimates can be volatile due to fluctuating sample responses.

The private sector in March 2015 gained 3,700 (0.26%) positions, and now Connecticut private sector firms have boosted employment by a robust 26,100 (1.84%) jobs since March 2014. The government supersector also posted a slight increase in March (300, 0.13%) making up for its small February decline (-200,-0.08%, employment on Indian reservations including casinos is counted in local government).  Employment gains for government entities since March 2014 are just 1,000 (0.42%).

Eight of the ten major industry supersectors grew jobs in March while only two declined in sort of a bounce back from February’s frigid decline.  Job gaining supersectors were led by Trade, Transportation & Utilities (1,500, 0.5%).  The retail trade (1,300, 0.7%) and wholesale trade (200, 0.3%) components were both positive while transportation and utilities was unchanged.  The Leisure and Hospitality (1,000, 0.6%) supersector regained some of the lost positions from February’s (-1,700) decline with accommodation and food services (800, 0.6%) resuming solid increases. Professional and Business Services (900, 0.4%) also restored positions lost in February (-800) with employment services being the strongest estimated segment in this supersector.  Smaller job gains of 500 or less were experienced by the Other Services (500, 0.8%), Information (400, 1.3%), Manufacturing (400, 0.3%), Government (300, 0.1%), and Education and Health Services (200, 0.1%) industry supersectors.Education and Health Services (7,400, 2.3%) still remains the largest job growing industry supersector over the year in magnitude while Leisure and Hospitality (5,400, 3.6%) and Professional and Business Services (7,100, 3.4%) vie for fastest job growth in annualized percentage terms.

The combined Construction and Mining (-800, -1.4%) supersector led the two declining industries in March as moderate snow still covered the state during the survey week (the week that includes the 12th day each month). The Financial Activities supersector (-400, -0.3%) underwent the other major industry loss last month. Amongst Connecticut’s ten major industry supersectors, only the Manufacturing (-600, -0.4%) and Information (-100, -0.3%) industry supersectors are posting minor employment declines over the year.

The state’s monthly level of nonfarm employment, currently at 1,686,700 for March 2015 - seasonally adjusted, has technically exceeded the three-month moving average of nonfarm employment used to address month-to-month volatility, since February 2014 (13 months, see page 7.).  This is the longest stretch for current monthly nonfarm employment outperforming the three-month moving average since the employment recovery began in February 2010.  Year-to-date Connecticut nonfarm job growth pace for the three months of the first quarter of 2015 (included record cold Feb.) is 8,600, seasonally adjusted, this compares to 6,600 in the first quarter of 2014 (polar vortex year), and 3,100 for the first quarter of 2013 (40-inch blizzard year).

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Mar 2015 Mar 2014 Change Rate % Mar 2015 Feb 2015 Change Rate % Jan 2015 Dec 2014 Nov 2014
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,686,700 1,659,600 27,100 1.6% 1,686,700 1,682,700 4,000 0.2% 1,685,600 1,678,100 1,672,900
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,448,000 1,421,900 26,100 1.8% 1,448,000 1,444,300 3,700 0.3% 1,447,000 1,440,400 1,435,500
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
Mining 600 500 100 20.0% 600 600 0 0.0% 600 600 600
go to Construction sector data table Construction 54,700 54,400 300 0.6% 54,700 55,500 -800 -1.4% 55,800 54,900 55,700
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 159,700 160,300 -600 -0.4% 159,700 159,300 400 0.3% 159,000 159,700 158,500
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Transportation and Public Utilities 304,800 300,300 4,500 1.5% 304,800 303,300 1,500 0.5% 301,800 304,100 303,700
go to Information sector data table Information 32,000 32,100 -100 -0.3% 32,000 31,600 400 1.3% 31,400 31,400 31,200
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 129,400 128,500 900 0.7% 129,400 129,800 -400 -0.3% 129,900 128,300 128,400
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 217,000 209,900 7,100 3.4% 217,000 216,100 900 0.4% 216,900 214,700 213,800
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 329,800 322,400 7,400 2.3% 329,800 329,600 200 0.1% 331,500 328,700 327,600
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 156,100 150,700 5,400 3.6% 156,100 155,100 1,000 0.6% 156,800 155,000 153,100
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 63,900 62,800 1,100 1.8% 63,900 63,400 500 0.8% 63,300 63,000 62,900
go to Government sector data table Government 238,700 237,700 1,000 0.4% 238,700 238,400 300 0.1% 238,600 237,700 237,400
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 141,183,000 138,055,000 3,128,000 2.3% 141,183,000 141,057,000 126,000 0.1% 140,793,000 140,592,000 140,263,000
 Labor Force / Residents Employed / Residents Unemployed Top
Based on the Local Area Unemployment Statistics model (a complex statistical model using residential survey data), the number of unemployed, seasonally adjusted, experienced a negligible increase of 44 (less than 0.05%) over the month to 121,896 in March 2015. Nevertheless, the number of unemployed residents has declined by 7,599 (-5.9%) since March 2014. Connecticut continued to see civilian labor force growth (6,129, 0.3%) in March, for the eighteenth straight month since September 2013, and the best month so far in 2015. Over the year, labor force growth now measures 36,305 (1.9%, considered statistically significant). Our labor force now totals 1,916,002, and is at its’ best annualized growth pace since the recovery began in February 2010.
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Jan   1,887.5 1,755.9 131.6 1,893.5 1,723.6 169.9 1,918.5 1,741.4 177.1 1,903.1 1,745.9 157.2 1,866.9 1,716.5 150.4 1,875.0 1,741.7 133.3 1,904.5 1,784.2 120.2
Feb   1,887.8 1,751.2 136.6 1,895.4 1,724.1 171.3 1,918.1 1,741.5 176.5 1,901.0 1,744.2 156.8 1,865.4 1,716.5 148.9 1,877.6 1,746.1 131.6 1,909.9 1,788.0 121.9
Mar   1,888.4 1,746.9 141.5 1,897.8 1,725.8 172.0 1,916.7 1,741.4 175.3 1,898.5 1,741.3 157.2 1,865.1 1,717.5 147.6 1,879.7 1,750.2 129.5 1,916.0 1,794.1 121.9
Apr   1,889.3 1,743.3 145.9 1,900.8 1,728.4 172.4 1,914.6 1,741.0 173.5 1,895.4 1,737.4 158.0 1,865.9 1,719.5 146.3 1,881.0 1,753.9 127.1
May   1,890.1 1,740.3 149.8 1,904.0 1,731.5 172.5 1,912.2 1,740.8 171.4 1,891.9 1,733.0 159.0 1,867.1 1,722.0 145.2 1,881.8 1,757.2 124.6
Jun   1,890.7 1,737.7 153.0 1,907.2 1,734.5 172.7 1,910.2 1,741.1 169.0 1,888.3 1,728.6 159.7 1,868.2 1,724.3 143.8 1,882.7 1,760.3 122.4
Jul   1,891.0 1,735.3 155.7 1,910.0 1,736.8 173.2 1,908.8 1,742.1 166.7 1,884.8 1,725.0 159.9 1,868.7 1,726.3 142.4 1,884.3 1,763.5 120.9
Aug   1,891.2 1,733.0 158.2 1,912.4 1,738.4 174.0 1,907.9 1,743.4 164.5 1,881.5 1,722.3 159.3 1,868.6 1,727.9 140.7 1,886.8 1,766.7 120.0
Sep   1,891.3 1,730.7 160.7 1,914.3 1,739.3 175.0 1,907.4 1,744.8 162.5 1,878.4 1,720.4 158.0 1,868.5 1,729.4 139.1 1,889.9 1,770.1 119.8
Oct   1,891.4 1,728.2 163.2 1,915.9 1,739.9 176.0 1,906.8 1,746.1 160.8 1,875.3 1,719.1 156.2 1,868.9 1,731.4 137.5 1,893.3 1,773.6 119.7
Nov   1,891.6 1,725.8 165.7 1,917.2 1,740.5 176.8 1,906.0 1,746.8 159.3 1,872.2 1,718.0 154.2 1,870.2 1,734.1 136.0 1,896.5 1,776.8 119.7
Dec   1,892.2 1,724.2 168.0 1,918.1 1,741.0 177.2 1,904.8 1,746.7 158.0 1,869.3 1,717.1 152.2 1,872.3 1,737.6 134.7 1,899.4 1,779.5 119.9
 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate Top
Connecticut’s unemployment rate was calculated at 6.4% for March 2015 (seasonally adjusted). This is unchanged from the February 2015 figure, but down five-tenths of a percentage point from the March 2014 rate of 6.9%. The US unemployment rate was 5.5% in March, also unchanged from February 2015, and lower by one and one-tenth of a percentage point from a year ago (6.6%).
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
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Jan  5.0 5.0 0.0 7.0 7.8 0.8 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.2 0.0 8.3 8.3 0.0 8.1 8.0 -0.1 7.1 6.6 -0.5 6.3 5.7 -0.6
Feb  5.0 4.9 -0.1 7.2 8.3 1.1 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.0 -0.2 8.3 8.3 0.0 8.0 7.7 -0.3 7.0 6.7 -0.3 6.4 5.5 -0.9
Mar  5.1 5.1 0.0 7.5 8.7 1.2 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.0 -0.1 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.9 6.6 -0.3 6.4 5.5 -0.9
Apr  5.2 5.0 -0.2 7.7 9.0 1.3 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.1 0.0 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.8 7.6 -0.2 6.8 6.2 -0.6
May  5.4 5.4 0.0 7.9 9.4 1.5 9.1 9.6 0.5 9.0 9.0 0.0 8.4 8.2 -0.2 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.6 6.3 -0.3
Jun  5.5 5.6 0.1 8.1 9.5 1.4 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.8 9.1 0.3 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.7 7.5 -0.2 6.5 6.1 -0.4
Jul  5.7 5.8 0.1 8.2 9.5 1.3 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.7 9.0 0.3 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.6 7.3 -0.3 6.4 6.2 -0.2
Aug  5.9 6.1 0.2 8.4 9.6 1.2 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.6 9.0 0.4 8.5 8.0 -0.5 7.5 7.2 -0.3 6.4 6.1 -0.3
Sep  6.1 6.1 0.0 8.5 9.8 1.3 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.5 9.0 0.5 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.4 7.2 -0.2 6.3 5.9 -0.4
Oct  6.3 6.5 0.2 8.6 10.0 1.4 9.2 9.4 0.2 8.4 8.8 0.4 8.3 7.8 -0.5 7.4 7.2 -0.2 6.3 5.7 -0.6
Nov  6.5 6.8 0.3 8.8 9.9 1.1 9.2 9.8 0.6 8.4 8.6 0.2 8.2 7.7 -0.5 7.3 7.0 -0.3 6.3 5.8 -0.5
Dec  6.7 7.3 0.6 8.9 9.9 1.0 9.2 9.3 0.1 8.3 8.5 0.2 8.1 7.9 -0.2 7.2 6.7 -0.5 6.3 5.6 -0.7

The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate, based on a household survey, is a measure of the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected. Additionally, changes in methodology that culminated in March 2011 with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics assuming complete responsibility for estimating all states’ monthly nonfarm job counts, have contributed to the month-to-month variability in the numbers. Jobs estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month’s estimate.

Next Connecticut Labor Situation release: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 (April 2015 data)
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